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By Christian West

Here's how the Vikings' key rookies performed in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Falcons.

QB Christian Ponder — The most positive development to come out of Ponder's performance Sunday was his lack of turnovers, after throwing four picks in the previous two games. However, the offense was fairly rudimentary in the first half as the team struggled to move the ball, recording only five first downs in the first 30 minutes. He came alive a bit in the second half, making good throws into tight windows to Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe on the Vikings' first touchdown drive and throwing a gorgeous ball into the back of the endzone — on fourth down, no less — to Harvin for the second score.

TE Kyle Rudolph Rudolph was inactive for the game because of a quad injury, and his status is uncertain for Sunday's tilt with the Broncos.

DL Christian Ballard — It was an up-and-down performance for Ballard, who got washed away on a couple of Michael Turner runs early in the game and had an encroachment penalty. But he managed to generate a good pass rush, drawing a holding penalty and getting a hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

S Mistral Raymond — Raymond had to take extra snaps at safety because of an injury to Tyrell Johnson. He recorded three tackles in the game but didn't make too much of an impact, positive or negative, which was a welcome sight for a secondary that has made a lot of mistakes over the last few games.

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